Blog: Hawaii: Four Islands in Five Days

Hotels & Resorts

Hawaii is one of the best places on the globe for groups wanting to step out of the frantic pace of the business world and into a relaxing environment where employees can rejuvenate their energy and gain a fresh perspective on their work. So, on the surface, a whirlwind multi-island media trip involving five plane…

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Blogger Bash!

Industry Events

Last week I was lucky enough to be one of 150 California bloggers to attend a Mad Men themed social media cocktail party hosted by the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Southern California’s largest convention center. And as a double whammy, we were also celebrating an anniversary….

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A Welcome Blog!


Hello. I’m Josef Aukee and I have just joined the Smart Meetings editorial team as the new managing editor. If that sounds like a confession—it is. I’m thrilled to have found a fine place to share my travel stories, ideas and experiences that began as long ago as those Brady Bunch-style driving journeys I did…

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Build a Better Blog

Technology News

?Blogging seems so old school these days, with so many people glued to their BlackBerrys and iPhones, typing out (or reading) their 140-character tweets. But while the promoters of Web 2.0 and social marketing keep blaring about the merits of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as the latest and greatest way to connect with your social…

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10 Privacy & Security Apps for iPhone 7 to Prevent Identity Theft

AppsTechnologyTips & Tools

The new iPhone 7 comes with exciting new features: it’s now waterproof, has a longer battery life and a better camera, among other things. The new phone also comes with a convenient private data transfer – when a user acquires a new phone, their passwords, history of visited sites, information exchanged on messaging apps and…

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Flex Your Mindfulness Muscles

Health & WellnessTips & Tools

A practice to help planners cope, focus and stay calm In the whirlwind of modern life, it’s not unusual to feel like you’re operating in an anxiety-ridden fog: multitasking, haphazardly knocking items off your to-do list and fretting about the past and what’s to come. That’s why we can all use a little mindfulness in…

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The Ultimate Guide to Using Crowd-Streaming to Generate Event Buzz


Live-streaming apps like Periscope are taking over the social media landscape. Here’s how to leverage live-streaming to market your events, by getting your audience to do the legwork for you. Social media is already a deeply ingrained part of event marketing, and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. But as more and…

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ted talks at marriott hotels

Marriott Hotels Brings TED Talks to Travelers

Hotels & ResortsNewsTravel

Marriott Hotels has announced a partnership with TED, the non-profit devoted to ideas worth spreading. This relationship brings creatively curated TED Talks, blogs and original quotes to hotel guests worldwide. Travelers staying at Marriott Hotels will now have access to thought-provoking and inspirational content to help jumpstart their own original, inventive thinking. The content is…

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10 Peaceful Properties to Celebrate Yoga Month

Health & WellnessHotels & ResortsMeeting Planning

Le Soleil d’Or, Cayman Islands Happy Yoga Month! September has been anointed as National Yoga Month, and Smart Meetings has a few suggestions on where to get your om on. It’s great to see so many meeting properties offering yoga and other life-enriching activities. Add in healthy F&B trends that are integrated into many of these same resorts…

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Stay Smart: Continuing-Education Opportunities for Planners are Everywhere

CareerMeeting PlanningPlanner

These days, continuing education isn’t optional for meeting and event organizers. It’s a necessity to keep up with changes in almost every area of planning. Despite being in the meetings and events industry more than 20 years and holding the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation, Paula Rigling and Tonya Almond routinely seek out new knowledge…

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